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Design, Internet Goodness, Open Source, Unix & Solaris, Web Development »

[5 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

One area sadly lacking in most Linux installs is the availability of really nice fonts useful for design and great fonts are not cheap, circa $150 for a font set. Best all in one location for getting great free fonts, I think is www.fawnt.com
If Ubuntu really wants to have a go at competing with the Mac, this is certainly an area that needs improving.
You can install fonts system wide by dropping them (or folders of font families) into /usr/share/fonts or alternatively, kfontviewer a KDE application will give you a nice …

Accounting, Cross-Platform, Open Source, Unix & Solaris, Windows Administration »

[13 Feb 2008 | One Comment | ]

My list of different time tracking / logging applications:

Price / License
Unique Feature

Intermittent screenshots recorded
Windows Only

Open Source
All platforms
Java – Linux / Mac / Windows

Gnome Time Tracker
Open Source
Power shell can kick off any process
Linux (possibly Windows?)

Automatically monitors files used
Windows / Mac

Allnetic Time Tracker
Monitors activity and pauses if none
Windows Only

Free / Proprietary desktop client reports to their servers
Monitors URL’s visited in IE, FF, Opera
Windows / Mac / Linux

Open Source
Monitors Application …

Linux Administration, Unix & Solaris, Virtualization (Virtualisation) »

[1 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

Some really bizarre results here that just blew my mind. Check out the “rate” column for both random writes and random reads and compare the Ext3 Ubuntu with Nexenta VM for both UFS and ZFS – UFS is a bit quicker the ZFS. I am not sure whether the virtualisation actually improves the random reads and writes but it’s a pretty massive difference. After my small play with Nexenta, it’s looking quite promising to become my primary desktop OS.
Here’s a tiobench of Ubuntu 7.04 running on a Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB …